The Team

  • Melissa Bradley, LMHC
    Melissa Bradley, LMHC
    Director of School-Based Mental Health Services
    Melissa Bradley, LMHC
    Melissa Bradley, LMHC
    Director of School-Based Mental Health Services
    Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2005. She went on to achieve her master’s degree in mental health counseling in 2013 from Argosy University. Melissa has expressed a passion for working with young children since 1998. She has served as the director of outpatient mental health services and is now occupying the role of director of school-based mental health services for The Florida Center. Melissa practices ‘time-ins’ with her child at home which supports a positive parent-child relationship based on security, connectedness, and open communication.
  • Karen Stull, LMHC
    Karen Stull, LMHC
    School-Based Mental Health Supervisor
    Karen Stull, LMHC
    Karen Stull, LMHC
    School-Based Mental Health Supervisor
    Karen earned her Master of Arts Degree in mental health counseling from Florida Gulf Coast University. She became a licensed mental health counselor in 2011 and a qualified supervisor in 2015. Karen worked at The Florida Center from 2009 through 2014 moving up the ranks from intern, to mental health therapist, school-based therapist and finally supervisor. She left the organization for a five-year period taking a counselor position at Toledo Blade Elementary School, where she worked with students, families, teachers and staff. In 2020, Karen returned to The Florida Center as supervisor for the school-based therapy program. Karen is an avid reader who enjoys bike riding and yoga as part of her self-care routine.
  • Jill Collum, LCSW
    Jill Collum, LCSW
    Mental Health Therapist/Tuttle Elementary School
    Jill Collum, LCSW
    Jill Collum, LCSW
    Mental Health Therapist/Tuttle Elementary School
    Jill is a graduate of New College of Florida and has master’s degrees from both the University of Denver and the University of South Florida. She is a Returned U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. Jill has been working in community-based mental health since 2009 and has been with the Florida Center for Early Childhood since 2012, previously serving as a Healthy Families family support worker and children’s crisis specialist. Jill is very interested and involved in community activism and social justice movements that support the children and families served by the Florida Center.
  • Shea Cruel, MSW
    Shea Cruel, MSW
    Mental Health Therapist/Oak Park
    Shea Cruel, MSW
    Shea Cruel, MSW
    Mental Health Therapist/Oak Park
    Shea earned both his bachelor's and master's degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University. He is currently pursuing his license as a clinical social worker.
    Shea has been working as a mental health therapist for over a year. He served as an outpatient therapist working with children, adults and their families. Shea focuses on implementing frequent self care techniques including exercising and practicing his faith to maintain positive mental health.
  • Amanda Culp, RCSWI
    Amanda Culp, RCSWI
    Mental Health Therapist/Tatum Ridge Elementary
    Amanda Culp, RCSWI
    Amanda Culp, RCSWI
    Mental Health Therapist/Tatum Ridge Elementary
    Amanda earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Development from Eckerd College in 2015. She then went on to receive her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of South Florida. Amanda has worked with a variety of populations, including children, adults, families, HIV+ populations, LGBTQ, and substance use. Amanda practices mindfulness in her spare time, like yoga and meditation, to reduce stress and increase her ability to live in the present moment.
  • Tanda Dannelly, MSW
    Tanda Dannelly, MSW
    Mental Health Therapist/Atwater Elementary School
    Tanda Dannelly, MSW
    Tanda Dannelly, MSW
    Mental Health Therapist/Atwater Elementary School
    Tanda earner her bachelor's degree in social work at Eastern Kentucky University. She earned her master's in social work at Spalding University in Kentucky. She is currently pursuing her license as a clinical social worker. Tanda has worked with children and families for the past 20 years. She recently moved to Florida to focus on mental health with students at schools. Tanda is very involved with her community and church. She also walks daily for exercise which helps to keep her energize physically and mentally.
  • Ariel Dictor, RCSWI
    Ariel Dictor, RCSWI
    Mental Health Therapist/Gulf Gate Elementary
    Ariel Dictor, RCSWI
    Ariel Dictor, RCSWI
    Mental Health Therapist/Gulf Gate Elementary
    Ariel earned her bachelor degree in social work from the University of South Florida (2017). She went on to achieve her master’s degree in clinical social work from USF, graduating in 2018. Ariel is currently in the process of pursuing her license to become an LCSW. She completed her graduate student clinical internship at Manatee Children's Services providing therapy to child victims of sexual and physical abuse. After obtaining her MSW, Ariel began working at the Child Protection Center as a therapist for child victims of abuse. Prior to becoming a therapist, Ariel worked with children in a number of settings including a residential youth shelter and a domestic violence/rape crisis center. Ariel has a passion for providing therapy to children of all ages and enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time.
  • Jenna Froug, RCSWI
    Jenna Froug, RCSWI
    Mental Health Therapist/Brentwood Elementary
    Jenna Froug, RCSWI
    Jenna Froug, RCSWI
    Mental Health Therapist/Brentwood Elementary
    Jenna earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in sociology from the University of Florida in 2016. She went on to achieve her master's degree in social work in 2018 from Florida State University. As a Florida native, Jenna has always had a passion for school-aged children. Jenna has worked in schools as a tutor and girls’ group therapist. Jenna is passionate about bringing trauma-informed care into the Sarasota County school system. Jenna practices mindfulness and meditation in her spare time and finds that frequent practices help improve her state of mind and overall sense of well-being at home and at work.
  • Bambi Furtado, LMHC
    Bambi Furtado, LMHC
    Mental Health Therapist/Garden Elementary
    Bambi Furtado, LMHC
    Bambi Furtado, LMHC
    Mental Health Therapist/Garden Elementary
    Bambi earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in visual art with a minor in human development from Eckerd College in 1999. She then earned a Master of Arts Degree in counseling in 2006 with an emphasis in mental health counseling and school guidance. She studied expressive arts at Ringling School of Art & Design in 2009. Bambi's has over 14 years of experience providing counseling and support to youth and their families. Bambi brings her background in arts to the counseling setting. Self-care time is spent practicing yoga, strength training at the gym, mindfulness practice, music, art, and spending quality time with her two and four legged family members.
  • Michael Giebelhouse, RMHCI
    Michael Giebelhouse, RMHCI
    Mental Health Therapist/Atwater Elementary School
    Michael Giebelhouse, RMHCI
    Michael Giebelhouse, RMHCI
    Mental Health Therapist/Atwater Elementary School
    Michael earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology from St. Thomas Aquinas College in 2010. He went on to achieve his master's degree in mental health counseling in 2012 from Long Island University. Hel is currently pursuing his license as a mental health counselor. Michael has been in the mental health field for the past ten years. Most recently, he served as an intense outpatient therapist providing individual and family therapy to at risk youth. Michael incorporates mindfulness activities into his daily routine to reduce stress and increase his ability to live in the moment.
  • Jennifer Gravesen, RMHCI
    Jennifer Gravesen, RMHCI
    Mental Health Therapist/Glenallen Elementary School
    Jennifer Gravesen, RMHCI
    Jennifer Gravesen, RMHCI
    Mental Health Therapist/Glenallen Elementary School
    Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2010. She completed her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY in 2014. Jennifer is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Jennifer has been working with children and their families for the past 10 years, with a focus on trauma and the child welfare system. She is passionate about trauma-work and has a background in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, incorporating mindfulness into sessions. Jennifer incorporates mindfulness into her daily routine with her family. She notes that being mindful of her own feelings has helped her be more present and engaged with her family and at work.
  • Lavonna Gregory, LMHC
    Lavonna Gregory, LMHC
    Mental Health Therapist/Emma E. Booker Elementary School
    Lavonna Gregory, LMHC
    Lavonna Gregory, LMHC
    Mental Health Therapist/Emma E. Booker Elementary School
    Lavonna earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in human development from Eckerd College in 2005. She went on to achieve a Master's of Arts Degree in counseling from Webster University in 2014, with an emphasis in both areas of licensed mental health counselor and school guidance. Lavonna has been working with children for over 13 years. She has been dedicated to advocating for children and empowering families. Lavonna loves aromatherapy, meditation, and exercising. She believes this helps to increase her inner peace and allows her time to relax, reflect and think positively
  • Jennifer Hatcher, RCSWI
    Jennifer Hatcher, RCSWI
    Mental Health Therapist/Phillipi Shores Elementary School
    Jennifer Hatcher, RCSWI
    Jennifer Hatcher, RCSWI
    Mental Health Therapist/Phillipi Shores Elementary School
    Jennifer earned her Bachelors of Social Work Degree from the University of South Florida in 1999. She went on to achieve her Masters of Social Work Degree from USF in 2001, with a post master specialization in both infant family mental health and maternal mental health. Jennifer has worked with children and families for more than 20 years in both public and nonprofit organizations. She also has more than 15 years experience working with U.S. Service members and their families. Jennifer is a proud mother of two teenagers and a military spouse. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and going to the beach.
  • Laurie Heller, MS
    Laurie Heller, MS
    Mental Health Therapist/Venice Elementary School & Taylor Ranch Elementary School
    Laurie Heller, MS
    Laurie Heller, MS
    Mental Health Therapist/Venice Elementary School & Taylor Ranch Elementary School
    Laurie received her bachelor’s in psychology from John Carroll University and earned her master’s in counseling from Georgia Southern University, graduating with honors both times. While attending grad school, she played a pivotal role as project coordinator for two government-funded research initiatives: The Recovery Project and Parents Matter! Program. Laurie has been in the service field for over 30 years with experience in both public and private sectors. She has served as a behavior specialist, community counselor, research project coordinator and most recently at a private practice where she supported a number of individuals, couples and families. Laurie has practiced healthy mind, body and spirit approaches her entire life. She enjoys yoga, rollerblading, swimming, healthy eating and listening to music. She also enjoys reading, writing, journaling and exploring nature.
  • Lisiane Jimenez, RMHCI
    Lisiane Jimenez, RMHCI
    Mental Health Therapist/Brentwood Elementary
    Lisiane Jimenez, RMHCI
    Lisiane Jimenez, RMHCI
    Mental Health Therapist/Brentwood Elementary
    Lisiane earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from American International College in 1994. She went on to achieve her master's degree in 1998, from Boston College, with a focus on mental health counseling. Lisiane has been working in the field of mental health counseling for over 15 years. During those years she had the privilege of working as an Adjustment Counselor at an elementary school in Massachusetts as well as a home-based therapist. Following her arrival in Florida she worked for the Child Protection Center as a child sexual abuse therapist before joining The Florida Center. Lisiane is passionate about traveling with her two children. She finds that traveling the world allows her to expand her understanding of different cultures which helps her be better at connecting with clients from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Sara King, LCSW
    Sara King, LCSW
    Mental Health Therapist/Wilkinson Elementary School
    Sara King, LCSW
    Sara King, LCSW
    Mental Health Therapist/Wilkinson Elementary School
    Sara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Furman University. She went on to receive her master's degree in social work from Florida State University. Sara has been a licensed clinical social worker for over 20 years. Prior to working with The Florida Center, she helped both children and adults in Manatee and DeSoto counties through her position with MCR Health. Sara has also worked in the community as a medical social worker for several local home healthcare agencies and as a school social worker for the School District of Manatee County. A life-long resident of Manatee county, Sara enjoys spending time with family and friends, visiting the beach and reading.
  • Sara Marranca, MSW
    Sara Marranca, MSW
    Mental Health Therapist/Laurel Nokomis Elementary School
    Sara Marranca, MSW
    Sara Marranca, MSW
    Mental Health Therapist/Laurel Nokomis Elementary School
    Sara earned her masters degree in social work from the University of Buffalo in 2011. She is currently pursuing her license in clinical social work. Sara has experience with individual, group, and family therapy. Prior to moving to Florida, Sara worked as a school social worker in Buffalo, NY. She also has worked with both children and adults in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings.Sara likes to practice self care and mindfulness at home so she can be present in the moment while spending time with her husband and kids.
  • Alba Colmenares Moore
    Alba Colmenares Moore
    Mental Health Therapist/Alta Vista Elementary School
    Alba Colmenares Moore
    Alba Colmenares Moore
    Mental Health Therapist/Alta Vista Elementary School
    Alba earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the Central University of Venezuela in 1997. She obtained a specialization in project management from the Catholic University of Venezuela in 2002, and a Master of Science in counseling from Nova Southern University in 2019, graduating with high honors. Alba is a member of Psi Chi - The International Honor Society in Psychology.
    Alba has been working with children, adolescents, and adults for over 20 years in Venezuela and in the United States, she has developed and conducted over 80 training programs and workshops, and is bilingual: English/Spanish.
    Alba is an advocate, wife and mother and loves her career as a mental health professional. She enjoys cooking and riding her bike and has been fostering pets for over 8 years.
  • Natalie Prater, RCSWI
    Natalie Prater, RCSWI
    Mental Health Therapist/Toledo Blade Elementary School
    Natalie Prater, RCSWI
    Natalie Prater, RCSWI
    Mental Health Therapist/Toledo Blade Elementary School
    Natalie earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology and criminal justice from Iowa State University in 2016. She went on to achieve her master's degree in social work from the University of Minnesota in 2019, with a focus on clinical mental health and children and families. She is currently pursuing her license as a clinical social worker. Natalie has multiple years of mental health experience working with children, families, and adults in a wide range of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, residential, and in-home services. Natalie enjoys traveling, reading, the outdoors, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog Tucker. She finds that frequent time outside, mindfulness, and engaging in physical activity improve her state of mind and help her feel more balanced, both at work and at home.
  • Jorge Rivas-Carrillo, MSW
    Jorge Rivas-Carrillo, MSW
    Mental Health Therapist/Bay Haven School
    Jorge Rivas-Carrillo, MSW
    Jorge Rivas-Carrillo, MSW
    Mental Health Therapist/Bay Haven School
    Jorge earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and his master's in clinical psychology at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He also recently earned his master's in social work at City University of New York. He is currently pursuing his license as a clinical social worker. Jorge has worked with children and families involved in the New York State child welfare system for the past 8 years providing family therapy. His interests are in the areas of multicultural mental health practices, child psychology and family psychology. He was born and raised in Peru and enjoys utilizing his bilingual skills in his clinical practice. Jorge's self-care is spent running, reading and travelling.
  • Pam Sanders Wilsen, RCSWI
    Pam Sanders Wilsen, RCSWI
    Mental Health Therapist/Emma E. Booker Elementary School
    Pam Sanders Wilsen, RCSWI
    Pam Sanders Wilsen, RCSWI
    Mental Health Therapist/Emma E. Booker Elementary School
    Pam earned her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in psychology from the University of South Florida in 2009. She went on to earn her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Argosy University in 2013. Pam has worked in school based mental health services since completing her master's level internship in 2013.
  • Ngan
    Ngan "Yang" Sandoval, RSW
    Mental Health Therapist/Lamarque Elementary School
    Ngan
    Ngan "Yang" Sandoval, RSW
    Mental Health Therapist/Lamarque Elementary School
    Yang earned her Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Washington in 2016 with a focus on children, youth and families. Originally from Seattle, she has worked with children for more than 10 years. She previously served as a child protective investigator, adoption social worker and family resource coordinator before moving to North Port, Fla. in 2018. She also worked as a social emotional consultant at Starfish Academy before accepting her current position at Lamarque Elementary. Yang is married with a one-year-old daughter and two-year-old dog. She enjoys taking evening walks with her family as a way to connect and relax. Yang also practices calming strategies such as mindfulness, which she also teaches to her daughter.
  • Shannon Schafhausen, LMHC
    Shannon Schafhausen, LMHC
    Mental Health Therapist/Cranberry Elementary School
    Shannon Schafhausen, LMHC
    Shannon Schafhausen, LMHC
    Mental Health Therapist/Cranberry Elementary School
    Shannon earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in sociology from Colorado State University in 2000, then went on to complete her master's degree in community counseling from the University of Northern Colorado in 2007. As a licensed mental health counselor, she has extensive training and experience in the mental health field and has worked in various settings for more than twelve years. Shannon is trained in a variety of interventions and works to find the best modality of therapy to fit each individual client's needs. Shannon utilizes the same concepts she recommends to her clients in order to manage stress; she practices mindfulness and gratitude on a daily basis.
  • Madison Siegfried, RCSWI
    Madison Siegfried, RCSWI
    Mental Health Therapist/ Fruitville Elementary School
    Madison Siegfried, RCSWI
    Madison Siegfried, RCSWI
    Mental Health Therapist/ Fruitville Elementary School
    Madison earned her bachelor's degree in social work from the University of South Florida in 2017, then went on to achieve her master's in the same field. Madison is currently pursuing her licensed mental health therapist designation. Madison has prior experience working in the school system and also provided post-adoptive support to children and families. She is passionate about working with elementary-aged children and enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time.